“Deep sea ‘mushroom’ may require new branch of life”
The animal kingdom may have to sprout a new subdivision to accommodate a strange deep sea creature that resembles a cross between a jellyfish and a mushroom.
And while they can give them names, they can’t give them a proper home on the family tree, as these enigmatic creatures defy classification.
Scientists have long debated whether the base of the family tree needed some rearranging — some additional roots to account for the types of animals researchers think the sea mushroom might be most closely related to. Experts in early animal evolution have largely dismissed these early creatures as failed experiments in multicellular life. But if it turns out these new creatures — which when alive look almost identical to translucent chanterelle mushrooms — some rearranging may, indeed, be in order.